Ball

Energy

Ball used 3.5 million megawatt hours of energy in 2015, 3 percent less than in 2012. Our metal beverage, tinplate food and aerosol can businesses accounted for 88 percent of our total energy consumption. In these businesses, we measure our energy efficiency on a “per unit of production” basis. We improved the energy efficiency in our can businesses by 1 percent in 2014-2015 and by 8 percent since 2010.
Most Ball plants have energy management systems in place, typically aligned with the ISO 50001 energy management standard. By defining plant- and management-level responsibilities, these systems enable us to reduce our energy use, energy costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions systematically. The energy management systems of our European beverage can plants and our impact extrusion plant in Devizes, United Kingdom, are certified according to the ISO standard.

To significantly and cost effectively reduce our energy consumption, we follow a global energy strategy since 2011 that addresses energy supply and demand and requires the consideration of energy efficiency when making investment decisions.


A MULTIFACETED APPROACH

Opposing trends, such as increases in can sizes, shapes and labels, line or plant curtailments, and new line startups, often offset progress toward our energy efficiency goals. Our efficiency decreases as manufacturing line stoppages increase due to reduced demand or we experience a greater number of height, diameter or label changes. Our beverage packaging business continues to experience significant changes, including the growth of our specialty can business and the continued decline of standard 12-ounce cans in North America. To efficiently and effectively manage these challenges, we invest in our businesses and expect additional energy performance gains in 2015 and beyond.
Wind Turbines

OPENING THE CAN ON RENEWABLE ENERGY IN FINDLAY

For the first time in its 135-year history, Ball entered the world of renewable energy in 2015, adding another layer to our efforts to address climate change. Our highly engaged workforce in Findlay, Ohio, teamed up with a local renewable energy service provider to harness the power of the wind.

One Energy invested $18 million to install five 1.5 megawatt hour wind turbines on land next to our Findlay metal beverage and food packaging manufacturing plant. Ball committed to a 20-year fixed electric rate for power supplied by three turbines, which will generate 13 million kilowatt hours per year, representing 20 percent of the plant’s electricity needs. With this first step to a low carbon energy supply future, we are avoiding more than 8,200 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year, equivalent to the annual emissions of 1,800 passenger vehicles.

Beyond the environmental advantages, this project drives employee engagement and benefits the local community. The project partners also established three $5,000 annual scholarships for local high school students pursuing a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degree in higher education.

We continue to look for additional renewable energy opportunities at all of our locations and signed the first power purchase agreement for solar energy at our Fairfield, California, plant in early 2016. The panels will produce approximately 1.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

COMMITTED AT ALL LEVELS

Ball’s management team is committed to energy improvements and invested approximately $32 million in energy-saving projects in 2014 and 2015. These measures will generate an estimated electricity savings of 79 million kilowatt hours and natural gas savings of approximately 105 million kilowatt hours per year, exceeding the annual energy consumption of 5,900 average U.S. households.

Every Ball plant commits to annual energy efficiency goals supported by detailed action plans. Real-time energy information systems enable us to better understand, manage and report on the performance of energy-consuming operations, and to better benchmark processes so we can identify and exchange best practices.

As a global company, we benefit greatly from exchanging information and best practices among our manufacturing locations. Membership in programs, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Energy Star” and Department of Energy “Better Buildings, Better Plants,” also provides tools and technical resources to enhance our efforts and allow us to learn from other organizations.